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The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant

“What to do when you want to be pregnant yesterday – and you don’t have any time to waste.” – Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D…. This book is for the impatient woman. The woman who has moved up the ranks in her career successfully, and wants to succeed with pregnancy using the same methodical approach. {Except that babies  don’t cooperate with planning very well.} The woman who has been trying to get pregnant for a couple months, or even a couple years! {Yep, that would make anyone impatient.} The woman who is getting older, and worried that you don’t have as much time left as you used to. Or the woman who realizes that now is the perfect time in life to start a family – career, finances, home life are all aligned perfectly. Whatever the reason, you are ready for a baby, and you’re ready to be pregnant yesterday!

Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant

“A grand adventure is about to begin.” – Winnie the Pooh

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Because Your Mommy Loves You…

childrens books about mommy

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” – James Bryce

I love books. I’ve always been a big reader, ever since I was a little girl. I excelled in school mostly because of the fact that I devoured books so quickly. I love the way you can get lost in a good story, learn things about yourself by reading about someone else, and be inspired by the words of others. And while children’s books are more simple than the novels I read now, they have their own kind of beauty sometimes too. My Sister-in-Law gave me one when Abby was a baby – Love You Forever, and it’s so perfectly written that it still makes me cry when I read it. The mother sings this song to her baby as he grows – “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.” Then, when he’s all grown up, and his mother is old and frail, he rocks her in his arms, and sings to her. Seriously – lump in my throat just writing it. And that’s what a good book does – it moves you. And this new book, a follow up to Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements, this story follows a mommy and son on a camping trip, and is a perfect combination of funny and sweet. Read more…

Because Your Mommy Loves You

“In this sweet companion book to Because Your Daddy Loves You, a little boy and his mom go on a hiking trip and camp out under the stars. Mommy is as calm and reassuring, but also goes far to foster her son’s independence in an encouraging and loving way. As heartwarming as its predecessor, this read-aloud book is sure to become a family favorite.”

About the Creators behind the story

Andrew Clements is the author of many best-selling books, among them the middle grade novel Frindle. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, and can be found at R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the Paddington Bear series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him With these two creating stories together, you know that you’re going to get something amazing.

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“A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.” – Unknown

If you’re a mom too, you will love this book. If you aren’t a mom, but have a special mom in your life – I guarantee that she would appreciate receiving a copy of these incredibly sweet book. Motherhood is a beautiful thing, and books like this remind me of what a special job I have as Abby’s mom. If you’d like to learn a little more about the book, you can find Because Your Mommy Loves You on Amazon – get a peek inside at the story, and order a copy to share with your favorite little ones. I love that this book teaches the importance of learning to do things by yourself. I think that is one of our most important roles as mothers – even when they’re little, we’re slowly preparing them for a future where they’ll be on their own. The more self-sufficient we can help them become, the more equipped they’ll be to enter the “real world” someday when they leave our little nest. Ah…. motherhood.

What’s your favorite children’s book? Share in the comments!


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She Takes on the World

A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose

Ok – this isn’t a book review. This awesome book just launched today – and I ordered it on Amazon first thing this morning. I was going to wait to share it with you guys until I’d read it, but there is a freakin’ SWEET bonus offer for today only – So I wanted to give you the chance to get in on this too. It is ROCKIN’!

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To get this amazing bunch of freebies, you have to buy the hardcover copy – but when you get to Amazon, it will tell you that it’s temporarily out of stock – but that’s ok! It’s just because there was such crazy demand for it today. Order it anyway, and it’ll ship to you asap when it’s in stock. AND, then just send that order confirmation to the email above, and you’ll still be able to lock in your access to the huge bunch of free business-building materials! Rockin! And don’t forget to head over to her Facebook page too – Lots of great info there.


Mom Entrepreneurs Rock: Get the Best Guide to Being Your Own Boss

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“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” – Sarah Brown

Love that quote. And I love this book. If you’ve never heard of Carrie Wilkerson before, let me tell you – she is not a hen. This woman is a total firecracker. And it’s amazing how well she puts her personality and high energy into written words on the pages of this book. It’s so easy to read – and you feel totally motivated every time you get through another chapter. This is rockstar stuff here, ladies.

“None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.” – Colin Powell

I would have loved to have come across Carrie’s book a year ago, when I was making my big life changes. Most of you know my story of how I went from a high-paid position in Retail Management to an unemployed new mom – It was pretty stressful stuff. I had no job, it was a totally crummy economy, I was a totally unprepared new momma, and still a full-time online student. Those factors all combined to make finding a new job really difficult. Plus – I had unexpectedly lost a great job that I loved just a few years before that too. It was a new branch of a fast-growing online sales company, and I was one of the companies top sales people. Then one day they said – “Grab your purses and coats, and you can come back in two days to get a box with the things from your desk. We’re closing the site immediately.” And just like that, I was unemployed. Total shock. So now that this was my second unexpected job loss in less than 5 years, I realized that having a “safe” job just wasn’t really all that safe anymore. It was time for me to find a new plan….

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen R. Covey

I realized that just like Carrie talks about in her book – now that I was a mom, my priorities had shifted dramatically. It no longer seemed so important to be putting in those long hours, hoping for that next advancement – store manager, then regional, and more… No, what mattered most to me now – more than money, or titles, or recognition – was flexibility. I wanted the ability to raise my baby myself, and stop worrying about finding a safe and reliable daycare facility. I wanted to be a part of family functions again. I didn’t want to miss the birthdays, and holidays, and school events that I’d been missing due to always having to work. I had no tech knowledge, but was studying for a Marketing Degree – so I decided to jump into the world of blogging, freelance writing, and social media, and see what I could do. If you’re in that same early stage, this book will save you countless hours  – The Barefoot Executive is packed with amazing steps to help you figure it all out. If you’ve already started your journey, and are in the process of building a business of any type for yourself, this book will help YOU too!

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. The really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

Carrie’s spark and enthusiasm for helping others achieve their dreams comes though loud and clear in her book. One of my favorite sayings in business has always been – “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – and it’s so true! Over 30% of new businesses fail before they reach their second year, and most of that is not because they didn’t have a great idea, or because they didn’t work hard enough – it’s because they didn’t have a plan! It’s the whole, “Work Smarter, Not Harder” idea – and Carrie is going to walk you through the steps on how to do that as you read through this book. She covers the basics in a really powerful way –

  1. Who: Are you? What are you good at? What skills, education, and experience do you have? {Never worked? Doesn’t matter. As a best friend, a sister, a daughter, a mother, or a wife – you’ve gained skills. This book helps you figure out what YOU can do better than anyone else.}
  2. What: Best suits you? What types of work are you most successful with? Detail or number oriented? People person? She’ll help you figure out what you do best.
  3. Why: Do are you doing it? Why is this important to you? Why is this your passion? You’ll need to hang on tight to that when your working so many hours, to remember what your building towards.
  4. Where: Do you want to go? What goals do you want to reach? What does your ideal future look like?

How are you going to get to your dreams if you don’t have a clear picture of what they are and why you want them, right?

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann von Goethe

This is more than just a motivating book – although it will leave you feelin’ pumped. This is more than a self-help book – although it will help you realize so many new things about yourself. Where this book really gets set apart from all the other books I’ve read to help me build my business, is that it includes action. Once Carrie does more than just help you figure out who you are and what you want – She also helps you get there. She gives you tips on how to stay focused and ignore distractions. How to find support. She breaks it into actionable steps for you – Why to start a business. How to start it. And how to make it work for YOU.

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” – Spanish Proverb

Don’t put it off until you “have time” – We’re all incredibly busy women, and none of us is ever going to get “more time”, lol. Get this book today. Order it right now, and when it arrives on your doorstep, take it out and get started. You will be so glad that you did. Get Carrie’s book on – The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom. It is going to knock your socks off ladies. Guaranteed.

Want More: Connect with Carrie on Facebook and Twitter, or check out some video clips of her speaking events on her site too!

{Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from – so that I could share an honest opinion of it with you great ladies. All opinions, & overuse of exclamation points, are 100% my own – this book rocks.}


Parrot Carrot – Win this Adorable New Children’s Book

Win an Adorable Children’s Book!

I’ve partnered with a few other amazing blogging ladies to bring you a super fun giveaway for a simply adorable new children’s book – “Parrot Carrot” – a sweet rhyming story that any kid will love. Learn more about this book, and get a super cool app too –!

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The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution!

No Cry Picker Eater Solution BookDo you struggle with getting a picky child to eat healthy foods?

Or is it a challenge just getting them to eat, period? As moms, we take our care-giving responsibility very seriously – and want so much to do the very best for our kids. When you’re trying so hard to find time to buy, prepare, and serve healthy meals packed with nutritious foods, only to be shot down every time by a picky-eater who refuses to even taste what you took so much care to make – well, frustration probably doesn’t even really cover it! Dinner time can be stressful enough when you’re a busy mom – when it turns into a battlefield full of pleading, fighting, or crying {from you both!} – something has got to be done. We all know that you can’t keep serving chicken nuggets forever….

Busy Mom Solution!

Elizabeth Pantley to the rescue! If you’re familiar with any of her other books, then you know that she has an amazing way of offering helpful tips, advice, and solutions – that are realistic and truly useful – in a way that is never critical, and very comforting. In The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat – and Eat Healthy!, she gives you actions that you can use to make a real difference in mealtimes for your family! Make family dinners enjoyable again!

Say goodbye to the daily frustration of picky eating with these effective child-tested, parent-approved, No-Cry solutions plus healthy family-friendly recipes!

This book gives you so many great tools to use! Here are some of the great things that you’ll find inside:

  • Start by “hiding” healthier foods inside meals that they already love – and learn some great ideas on how to accomplish this.
  • Next, learn new ways to introduce healthy foods – They might not eat something at home, but will try it at a restaurant and love it, making it a new at-home dinnertime favorite too.
  • Use some of the super-fun recipes included to appeal to a child’s developing sense of taste, texture, and smell – making it more likely that they’ll give it a chance.
  • Learn how much of the different types of foods your child really needs at each age – you might even be doing better than you think!

Great advice, do-able solutions!

You can pick up a copy of Elizabeth’s book on Amazon for only $10.98 right now – and start making easy changes in your home today! This is the perfect time to begin using some of her ideas and tips – so that you can enjoy all of those great holiday dinners coming up soon! If you’re already using this book, I’d love to hear how it has helped YOUR family too – I know that it’s already making such a big difference in our home. I’ll give you an update soon too, on which tips are working best for us. I’d love to feature you too – let me know in the comments what new tricks from her book have made the biggest difference in your home!


Busy Mom Solution: Real Moms Love to Eat – The Best “Not a Diet” Book!

Real Moms Love to Eat

It’s true – Real Moms really DO love to eat

When I first heard the title of this book – I knew I had to learn more about it! I’ve never struggled with my weight…. Until I got pregnant. Ohmyheck – I gained over 60 pounds! I didn’t even know that could happen. I was lucky enough to lose about 30 pounds in the first 2 months, another 10 soon after, but those last 20? Let’s just say, I am still surprised when I see the size of my rear-view in a mirror. But – I think “diets” are silly. The whole idea of a “diet” is something you do for awhile and then stop. I can see how that would help me take the weight off, but how would it help me keep it off? And like the book says – I like food. I like to cook, I love dessert, and I don’t have time for crazy-complicated diet plans.

Beth Aldrich To the Rescue!!

This book is the perfect solution for busy moms – {and you know I’m ALL about Busy Mom Solutions, right?} – This book doesn’t try to deprive you of good stuff – it helps you find GOOD food to fall in love with, gives you step-by-step help and tips to eat better, and will make you laugh along the way! {And laughing is a great way to burn calories!}

Read the Intro:

“I love to eat. I’m not afraid to admit it. My friends love to eat too, and you know what? I say good for us! I’m tired of hearing about all the complicated ways I can deny myself one of life’s great pleasures. Food is beautiful, sensuous, absolutely delicious, and as long as we have to eat it three times or more every day, why do we make it into such a problem? Can’t we just relax and enjoy it?

Of course, the problem is that we also want to look beautiful, sensuous, and delicious. We want to be healthy and have energy. We want to be strong and fit. As moms, we need to be those things, not just to set a good example for our children but to be able to get through the day and do all the million and seven things moms need to do. Our bodies and our brains need to be right on top of things, making them happen and keeping the family moving forward. That takes a lot of energy, and if you are fueling up with sugar and white flour, fake foods and caffeine, you will not be at your best.”

Beth brings you the Happy Medium!

Beth’s approach to healthy eating, losing weight and feeling fabulous, is simple and realistic for busy moms. You’ll learn a lot about the food you eat and how it impacts your body and still have loads of fun experiencing new foods and enjoying life. I am so excited to finish reading my copy, and put some of these tips into action! I’ll share more with you on my experience as I get started.

Want to read more??

Then get the book today! You will love it – and it’s a great way to start the New Year on a healthier path. Instead of “giving up” things you love, or getting discouraged thinking about the weight you’d like to lose – make a resolution to read Beth’s book, and get motivated to live healthier! Eat great foods, feel more energetic, and have FUN with food again.

Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous

What do you think?

Have you read the book yet? If so – what did you find most helpful? If you haven’t read it yet, what are you most excited to learn about when you get it?

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